This volume marks the transformation of the International Journal of Oral History from a journal publication to an annual. The objective of the publication remains the same: providing a forum for articles on oral history methodologies and research perspectives.
This year thirteen articles are presented. Following Ronald Grele's overview introduction, the world of the Japanese silk weaver is explored by Tamara Hareven. Selma Leydesdorff examines the making of a collective identity among workers in Amsterdam, while John Bodnar looks at the Polish immigrant experience. Issues of black South African working class and nationalist experience are the subject of pieces by Isabel Hofmeyr, Ari Sitas, and Glenn Adler. Florence Charpigny and Jenny Gregory raise issues of methodology and interdisciplinarity. Consciousness and political involvement are the concerns of essays by Lu Ann Jones, Alessandro Portelli, Michelle Palmer et al. Issues of political involvement and the ways in which oral history can document that involvement are the subject of articles by Pamela Grundy and Sherna Berger Gluck. As with the earlier issues of the Journal, this volume will be essential reading for scholars and researchers involved with oral history methodology and with working class and ethnic history.
About the Author
RONALD J. GRELE is Director of the Oral History Research Office at Columbia University. A leading oral history theoretician, he is also author of Envelopes of Sound: The Art of Oral History (Praeger, 1991), now in its second edition.
Table of Contents
From Amoskeag to Nishijin: Reflections on Life History Interviewing in Two Cultures by Tamara K. Hareven
"Different from Those Across the Water": Interviews on the Construction of Collective Identity in Working-class Neighborhoods in the North of Amsterdam by Selma Leydesdorff
Reworking Reality: Oral Histories and the Meaning of the Polish Immigrant Experience by John Bodnar
"Nterata/The Wire": Fences, Boundaries, Orality, Literacy by Isabel Hofmeyr
The Voice and Gesture in South Africa's Revolution: A Study of Worker Gatherings and Performance-Genres in Natal by Ari Sitas
Deconstructing Childhood Memories of Class by Jenny Gregory
Processing Oral Material into a Scientific Text, or a Travel to Silk-land through a Body of Ethnotexts Collected among Silk Workers by Florence Charpigny, translated by Jacques Tourrel
Voices of Southern Agricultural History by Lu Ann Jones
Conversations with the Panther: The Italian Student Movement of 1990 by Alessandro Portelli
"I Haven't Anything to Say": Reflections of Self and Community in Collecting Oral Histories by Michelle Palmer, Marianne Esolen, Susan Rose, Andrea Fishman, and Jill Bartoli
"The Creek Is Just Real Important to Me": Politics and Culture in the Cane Creek Reservoir Controversy 1976-1989 by Pamela Grundy
"We Will Not Be Another Algeria": Women's Mass Organizations, Changing Consciousness, and the Potential for Women's Liberation in a Future Palestinian State by Sherna Berger Gluck
The Politics of Research During a Liberation Struggle: Interviewing Black Workers in South Africa by Glenn Adler